Economic Development Department:
Erin Nichols, (210) 207-3996
San Antonio Economic Development Corporation:
Ed Davis, 210-326-9344
SAN ANTONIO, TX (September 20, 2019) – The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Economic Development Corporation (SAEDC) will host the second Military Medical Industry Day on October 15, 2019 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Through a series of these events, the City and SAEDC plan to showcase the significant military medical research and technology development in San Antonio, and promote opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with the private sector.
This Military Medical Industry Day will feature San Antonio’s leading military medical research missions including the Naval Medical Research Unit-San Antonio, the Air Force's 59th Medical Wing, and the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR). These three organizations focus on treating the combat wounded and injured, including important clinical research initiatives such as the treatment of burns, polytraumatic injuries, and directed energy. In addition, these missions are dedicated to sustaining medical readiness through training opportunities for military medical personnel, as well as building healthy communities by providing routine care to service members, veterans, and their families.
“Following the success of our first Military Medical Industry Day in March 2019, we are eager to continue the momentum we started,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Our Healthcare and Bioscience Industry recognizes the vital importance of the military medical research being conducted here in San Antonio. By planning these events, we are fostering opportunities for local companies and institutions to collaborate with the military on the development of new and innovative technologies for the battlefield and commercial sector.”
Created out of the City of San Antonio’s Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan, the Military Medical Industry Day event is part of a larger effort to both help the military meet their medical mission requirements and leverage research to create community commercialization opportunities. San Antonio’s military medical missions, along with local private medical and academic research institution such as Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, BioBridge Global, UT Health San Antonio and UTSA, provide tremendous potential for partnerships and collaboration.
“The partnership between San Antonio's military medical research entities, academia and industry is paramount in ensuring that the most advanced technology developed in San Antonio is delivered to our nation's warfighter, and therefore avoids the so called ‘valley of death,’ which too often plagues the translation of new technologies,” said Sylvain Cardin, Ph.D., chief science director for the Navy Medical Research Unit-San Antonio.
This Military Medical Industry Day (MMID) will also offer attendees the opportunity to individually meet with military medicine representatives to discuss predetermined medical topics related to military operations. Attendees can ask questions about proposal submissions and requirements, pitch ideas, get clarification on preferred research approaches, etc., and receive immediate feedback on feasibility
"The synergy between military and private sector healthcare, education and research, along with the strong University and VA presence, makes San Antonio the nexus for clinical research and development. Our military greatly depends on our industry and academia partners to generate innovative ideas and develop medical products that save the lives of warfighters and continue to enhance the outcomes for our wounded warriors," said Maj. Gen. (Dr.) John J. DeGoes, 59th Medical Wing Commander.
This event includes briefings from local business leaders who have transitioned medical products used by the military as well as DoD subject matter experts from DHA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), Technology Transfer and Transition (T3), and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Also planned is a session on how the FDA can help military medical R&D through Public Law 115–92.
The City and SAEDC plan to continue hosting similar Industry Day events in the coming months as we continue implementation of the San Antonio Military Life Science Action Plan and Charter developed and approved earlier this year.
This event is free and open to the public. To register, please access the following event page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/military-medical-industry-days-ii-tickets-64545678863